CHANGING WORLD • • Method 2 - Commenting on a text & a photo

Stage 1 - Introduction: presenting the documents
Similarities: Both documents deal with sustainable development in the Pacific islands, so on a regional scale, in several developing countries.
Differences: The 1st document is an extract about small islands developing states from a report entitled Our Planet published by the United Nations in 2014. The 2nd document is a photo of Ikurangi eco retreat in the Cook Islands illustrating a review entitled “Green ambition in the deep blue” by Louise Southerden published in Traveller on the 1st October 2018.
Announce structure: In a 1st part I’ll focus on Pacific islands issues & in a second part I’ll analyse their solutions.

Stage 2 - Analysing the documents

DESCRIBING - What you see (docs)
INTERPRETING - What you know (notions)
1.Problems: Pacific islands can’t achieve SD (article §1)

Article P1 Problems to achieve SD: Pacific islands are too small and too exposed to climate change
+ Moreover, Besides their population is increasing and their resources are decreasing

Climate change (def)
+ demographic transition (def)
& pressure on resources (def)
=> Unsustainable dvpt (def)

2. Solutions: But they are doing their best (article §2 & photo)

Report P2 gives solutions: Pacific islands decided to protect the ocean and, for some of them, to use wind and solar energy.
Photo shows another solution:
the Cook islands set up an eco retreat : large comfortable tent in green nature next to a beautiful beach.

Energy transition (def)
+ green or ecotourism (def)
=> Sustainable development (def)

Stage 3 - Concluding
Assess docs (reliable/biased justified): To conclude, these documents are reliable as we have their full references ; the 1st one is unbiased as we can't see the author's opinion (it is balanced: both + & -) whereas the 2nd one is biased as we can see the author’s opinion (admiration).
Sum-up ideas These docs show that despite the many issues facing the Pacific islands they are doing their best to achieve sustainable development.
+ Open
We may wonder if these solutions will be enough to prevent their population from becoming climate refugees.